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Mud from Brazil mining disaster contaminates ocean

Published 23/11/2015

Mud from a burst dam in Brazil is contaminating the Atlantic Ocean
Mud from a burst dam in Brazil is contaminating the Atlantic Ocean

A torrent of mud unleashed by a dam burst at an iron ore mine in south eastern Brazil is contaminating the Atlantic Ocean.

The deadly stain of red mud, water and debris from the November 5 burst at the Samarco mine in the Minas Gerais state wiped out a small village in the area, killing eight people - with another four bodies still unidentified and 11 missing.

The mud flowed downstream into the Doce River, where it devastated wildlife and compromised the drinking water source for hundreds of thousands of people.

The stain flowed through the neighbouring Espirito Santo state, reaching the Atlantic over the weekend.

A report in a Brazilian national newspaper said the mud had reached a sensitive nature reserve frequented by endangered turtles.

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